Academic Advising FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Academic Advising at NCU

Who is my advisor and when do I meet with them?

Your academic advisor will be assigned to you based on your major. To view a list of current advisors, click here.

You will connect with your advisor at least once per semester. Additionally, during your first semester, you will have the opportunity to develop an academic plan with your advisor. You are also welcome to contact your advisor whenever you have questions about your classes, academic deadlines, academic performance, or if you are just not sure who else to ask! Your advisor is here to help guide you through your time at NCU, so never hesitate to ask a question.

How do I find my class schedule?

Class schedules for the current semester are available on MyNCU under the Student tab. To access your schedule, login to MyNCU, and select ‘Student’ on the left menu, then choose ‘Schedule.’

If you are taking online classes, select ‘list view.’ On campus courses are best viewed under ‘calendar view.’

How do I get my textbooks?

Registered students can access their specific textbooks by logging on to MyNCU, selecting the Student tab, then selecting Textbook. Select the link at the bottom for the automatic list.

For a complete list of all books available for current courses, click here.

How many credits can I take?

All students in good academic standing may take a maximum of 18 credits per semester. A full-time course load is 12-18 credits per semester, and traditional undergraduate students pay the same price for tuition within the 12-18 credit block. Students on academic probation are limited to a maximum of 13 credits.

Adult degree program and graduate students are assessed tuition on a per credit basis.

I just got placed on academic probation – what does that mean?

Students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative GPA falls below a 2.00. If a student is placed on academic probation, he or she is eligible to continue at NCU for one semester. During this semester, a student is limited to 13 credits and is required to participate in the academic success program. The student must raise his or her cumulative GPA to a 2.0 in one semester to avoid academic dismissal. If you are notified that you have been placed on academic probation, you should contact your academic advisor immediately to discuss your course load.

I just got placed on academic warning – what does that mean?

A student whose semester GPA falls below a 2.00, but whose cumulative GPA remains equal to or above a 2.00 is placed on academic warning for the subsequent semester. Students on academic warning may elect to participate in the academic success program. Students should also meet with their academic advisor to discuss resources for improving academic success.

How do I go about choosing a major?

There are many factors that go into choosing a major. Interests, skills, personality, strengths, and values are some of the most important factors to consider. Some students choose a major based on a specific career path that they want to pursue (e.g., teacher education, accounting). Other students choose a major based on what subject areas interest them and then determine what career paths are possible with that major. Either way, Career Development offers assessments and individualized coaching to help inform and implement your decision.

What’s the difference between quarter credits and semester credits?

There are multiple ways in which different schools value credits based on their term system. The two most common systems are based on quarters or semesters. NCU uses the semester system. In a traditional setting a quarter is 10 weeks in length, whereas a semester is 15 weeks in length. While many programs now have condensed course delivery, the amount of work per credit is based on the system that originated around the number of weeks in the term. Just as there is a formula to convert centimeters to inches, we use a formula to convert quarter credits to semester credits when a student is transferring in credit from another institution. The formula specifies that one semester credit is the same as 1.5 quarter credits. So 15 quarter credits translates to 10 semester credits. To calculate how many semester credits a given amount of quarter credits will translate to, you divide the quarter credits by 1.5.

What can I do with my major?

Career Development has compiled a number of helpful resources and posted them in MyNCU, including links to occupational information and a resource called “What Can I Do With This Major?” Faculty mentors are an excellent resource for discussing career options related to a particular major. We also recommend conducting informational interviews with professionals in fields that interest you to learn more about what majors might serve you best in pursuit of that pathway.

Can I double major?

Yes, students can have two majors. Depending on your interests and career goals, a graduate degree may be an alternative to a double major. If you are considering either of these options, you are encouraged to discuss your plans with an academic advisor to determine how academic plan is impacted.

Do I need to have a minor?

A minor may be an excellent way to help meet the 124 credit requirement to graduate and complement the skills you acquire in your major. Your academic advisor can help you incorporate a minor into your academic plan.

What if I want to change my major or minor?

You can change your major or minor at any time, however it may impact your graduation date. When considering a change, please connect with your advisor to discuss the implications and complete the Major/Minor Declaration form.

How do I register for classes as a new student?

Traditional Undergraduate Students:

Your admissions counselor will schedule your first registration appointment with your academic advisor.

Adult Degree Program and Graduate Students:

Your enrollment advisor/admissions counselor will facilitate the process of your first registration.